Seeing Stars is written for astronomers, regardless of the depth of their theoretical knowledge, who are taking their first steps in observational astronomy. Chris Kitchin and Bob Forrest - both professional astronomers - take a conducted tour of the night sky and suggest suitable observing programmes for everyone from beginners to experts. How is this book different? We are all familiar with the beautiful images of planets and galaxies obtained by spacecraft and giant telescopes - but what can you really see with a small telescope? What should you expect from a small refractor or reflector? And what is the effect of observing from a site near a city? The answers are all here, with many photographs that will illustrate exactly what can be seen with different instruments (everything from the naked eye to a 300mm telescope) - and from different locations.
Photographs on many interesting and astronomical objects and starfields are photographed to show how they would look through different sizes of amateur telescope, providing the reader with a reference against which to judge the effectiveness of his own equipment and observing techniques. Photographs also show the severe effects of light-polluted skies, and illustrate major constellations as seen from a range of observing sites. This is of great help to the observer, particularly the newcomer who may find it hard to locate specific stars in the night sky.